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We love to travel any time of year - and summer seems the most popular. Many people want to take a break when the weather is warm and the hotspots are at their liveliest... But some of us appreciate the charms of traveling in the cooler months, which offer distinct pleasures of their own. Here are just a few of the reasons we love to travel in fall and the holiday season. 

Cooler temperatures 

Cooler temperatures have their own benefits. The summer heat of destinations like Italy can be a little tiring sometimes - daytime sightseeing can be easier when it's cool enough to have to don a sweater. And with crisper temperatures, the pubs in Ireland and Scotland seem all the cozier, and pulling up a chair by the fireside for an evening of chat and conviviality seems all the more inviting. 

Different light

Iceland in the winter offers special allure: the chance to spot the elusive Aurora Borealis. Nature’s spectacular light show is never guaranteed but winter is the time to hunt for it. And there are other ways in which visiting in the fall or winter offers different light: many towns in Europe start their Christmas decorations in November, so it’s a special chance to experience these places with a festive, seasonal glow. There’s also the light of the fireside – many restaurants, hotels, and pubs have fireplaces that are all that more appealing when the dark of night closes in.  

Smaller Crowds

The advantages of smaller crowds will be evident in shorter wait times and a roomier feel at the attractions. Get a better view as you gaze at the sculptures in Florence, and don’t struggle to find a people-free angle for the perfect selfie at the Cliffs of Moher. All the main attractions are still open, and you’ll just get a little more room to enjoy them.

Better prices

Airfares tend to be lower as well as the cost of land tours. It's a great time to find a deal. 

We even have designed two tours specifically to take advantage of the great deals available this time of year: 
 

Evergreen Ireland South visits many of Ireland’s classic highlights, such as the Cliffs of Moher, the Guinness Storehouse, and Blarney Castle, and offers plenty of free time to explore Dublin, Killarney, Waterford and Kilkenny. Warm yourself with a creamy Irish coffee at the oldest pub in Europe, Sean’s Bar.

Evergreen Ireland North also visits Sean’s Bar after a day in Dublin, then heads to vibrant Galway before heading up to Donegal and Belfast. Special stops along the way include the Giant’s Causeway and the charming town of Carlingford, rich in medieval heritage. Enjoy dinner with traditional music at the Crosskeys Inn, the oldest thatched pub in Ireland and a CIE Tours exclusive venue.

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2025 Tours: Book Early, Save $100pp - Use Code EBD25100
 

Taste of Ireland

Starting from $1,395

4.7
5/7 Days

This fast-paced, short-and-sweet Ireland tour is the perfect introduction to the Emerald Isle. Taste of Ireland hits all of the "greatest hits" highlights—from Blarney Castle to the Cliffs of…

​Guided Tours, Guided Small Groups, Independent Adventures

2025 Tours: Book Early, Save $200pp - Use Code EBD25200

Irish Adventure

Starting from $1,945

4.8
8/9 Days

Make the most of every moment of your Ireland vacation—you'll discover all the can't-miss Irish scenery and history on this fast-paced tour.

​Guided Tours, Guided Small Groups, Independent Adventures

2025 Tours: Book Early, Save $200pp - Use Code EBD25200

The Irish Pub Tour

Starting from $2,145

4.8
8/9 Days

Irish pubs are the hearts of their communities—a source of camaraderie, stories, and song. Raise a glass (or two!) to rich pub culture and history on this guided tour of Ireland, which offers…

​Guided Tours, Guided Small Groups, Independent Adventures

2025 Tours: Book Early, Save $500pp - Use Code EBD25500

Irish Classic

Starting from $3,745

4.8
12/13 Days

Skirt along the entire rugged coastline to see the highlights on this Ireland tour. 

​Guided Tours, Guided Small Groups, Independent Adventures

2025 Tours: Book Early, Save $500pp - Use Code EBD25500

Jewels of Ireland

Starting from $3,995

4.9
13/14 Days

Enjoy the splendor of every corner on this leisurely Ireland tour of the essential—and the unexpected.

​Guided Tours, Guided Small Groups, Independent Adventures

2024 Tours: Save $400pp - Use Code TARTAN400
2025 Tours: Save $400pp - Use Code EBD25400

The Scots Irish Tour

Starting from $3,595

4.9
11/15 Days

This fast-paced Scotland and Ireland tour focuses on their rich history, with plenty of castle tours and museums to help bring the past to life. It's the perfect trip for those interested in…

​Guided Tours, Guided Small Groups

2024 Tours: Save $400pp - Use Code TARTAN400
2025 Tours: Save $400pp - Use Code EBD25400

Scottish & Irish Dream

Starting from $4,145

4.6
13/14 Days

This great combination tour covers essential parts of Scotland with dreamy castles, mythical Isle of Skye, historic Culloden, skilled sheepdogs and the capital city of Edinburgh. Your adventure…

​Guided Tours, Guided Small Groups

2025 Tours: Book Early, Save $200pp - Use Code EBD25200

Taste of Italy

Starting from $2,345

7 Days

Get your first taste of the delights of Venice, Florence, Rome, and more on this enchanting Italian tour. You'll  get to enjoy the ancient ruins, architectural and artistic masterpieces, and…

​Guided Tours, Guided Small Groups

2025 Tours: Book Early, Save $300pp - Use Code EBD25300

Taste of Italy with Sorrento

Starting from $3,745

10 Days

Enjoy a little more time—and a lot more beauty—on this extended tour of Italy. Visit the most spectacular sights of Venice, Rome, and Florence with our Taste of Italy tour, then move on to the…

​Guided Tours, Guided Small Groups

2024 Tours: Save $300pp - Use Code TARTAN300
2025 Tours: Save $300pp - Use Code EBD25300

Taste of Scotland & Ireland

Starting from $3,195

10/11 Days

The perfect combination of two great countries in one itinerary. Start in Glasgow before exploring the Scottish Highlands with a Loch Ness cruise and whisky tasting. Visit St Andrews and Edinburgh…

​Guided Tours, Guided Small Groups

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